Getting to Seattle

* Transportation Advisory *

Beginning January 2019, the city of Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct/SR Route 99 will undergo construction. This viaduct is located along the waterfront through the downtown core. The construction may impact attendees of the Midwinter Meeting, specifically when arriving and departing the city.

The good news:

The downtown area of Seattle is one of the most dynamic and alluring spaces — and the Convention Center is right in the heart of it. Because the group of hotels we’ve acquired for the conference are within walking distance to the Convention Center, your daily commute to and from the Convention Center should be impact-free.

When driving into the city you may experience crowded roadways. Why?

The Alaskan Way Viaduct/SR Route 99 will be closed to ALL traffic.  Drivers who would normally take this route will need to find alternate routes, which can lead to congested roadways.

Tips for Conference Attendees:
  • City transportation options include the LINK Light rail, an excellent alternative between the airport and the downtown hotels and convention center (travel time is averaged at 30-40 minutes one-way), and the Metro Transit, which has added additional service to many of its downtown routes. Transportation details can be found here.
  • Taxis, Lyft, and Uber ridesharing services are available.  Sharing rides with people you know can help to lessen increased fares that may result from longer rides due to congested roadways.
  • When heading to the airport, be sure to give yourself at least an extra 30-45 minutes.
  • Stay connected to our social media via our hashtag (#alamw19).  Should changes/updates occur while we’re at Midwinter, we will communicate on the ALA Midwinter Meeting Twitter.

REAL ID Enforcement | Homeland Security

As of January 22, 2018, passengers who have driver’s licenses issued by a state that is not yet compliant with REAL ID and that has not received an extension will need to show an alternative form of acceptable identification for domestic air travel. Please see TSA’s website for a list of acceptable forms of identification. Passengers who have licenses issued by a state that is compliant or that has an extension to become compliant with REAL ID requirements may continue to use their licenses as usual. For a list of states already in compliance or with an extension visit DHS’s REAL ID webpage. DHS continually updates this list as more states come into compliance or obtain extensions.  

Beginning October 1, 2020, every air traveler will need to present a REAL ID-compliant license or another acceptable form of identification for domestic air travel. A REAL ID compliant license is one that meets, and is issued by a state that complies with, the REAL ID Act’s security standards.  

Travelers can check DHS’s REAL ID webpage at any time to learn if your state is compliant and can check with your state’s agency that issues driver’s licenses about how to acquire a compliant license. The earlier your state becomes compliant, the more likely you will be able to acquire a compliant license as part of the normal renewal cycle.

Save on airfare when you book your travel

ALA has partnered with United Airlines to offer a 'special meeting' discount, exclusive to ALA attendees and guests attending a sponsored event.

Save from 2% to 10% on select fares when traveling on our partner airlines. For more information, contact:


Gant Travel Management



GANT Travel Management Office:

Toll-free: 877-786-0957
Direct:  224-205-7189
Hours:  Monday - Friday, 7:30am to 6:00pm (Central)

Service fees apply.

Partnered Airline

United Airlines


United offers discounts from 2% to 10% off applicable fares.  Discounts apply on United Airlines and flights operated by United or other airlines branded United Express, Lufthansa, and All Nippon Airways.  Applicable restrictions apply.

Must be booked online at UNITED.COM - click on all search options and enter in box "Promotions and Certificates" at the bottom of the page, code ZFZE418322